Review! Little Dead Riding Hood by Amie Borst and Bethanie Borst

It’s October and time for some monstrously fun books! Here is one that is released today!


Little Dead Riding Hood

By Amie and Bethanie Borst

Illustrated by Rachael Caringella

320 pages – ages 9+
Series: Scarily Ever Laughter
Published by Jolly Fish Press on October 14, 2014

Scarlet Small was new in town. Her dad, Drac, is in the army, and they moved a lot. Scarlet was scared of her new school. It smelled of werewolf. It didn’t help that at her old school, she was friendless and ridiculed. A lot. Did I happen to mention that Scarlet Small and her “parents” are vampires? And that Scarlet is over a century old? In a 12-year-old body? So far, school is going great for her, until Scarlet meets Ethan. She is sure that he is the werewolf she smells, which is bad, because a werewolf’s bite is the only thing that can kill a vampire. And he seems to hate her. Could things get any worse for a pre-teen vampire?

This is a fun book and it is the second in the Scarily Ever Laughter Series (Cinderskella is the first). The Borst mother-daughter team have written monster characters that even I (who really doesn’t like monster stories) like. There is humor in the story, which is always a plus for me. The characters act like middle schoolers and have many of the same issues – fitting in, doing well in school (only in monster terms). I like the sense of fractured fairytales throughout the book. It adds to the enjoyment of reading it. I felt like I was really there with Scarlet as she went on with her story. The Borsts describe the setting very well – it gave the perfect feeling for the story – a small town with a humongous woods surrounding it. This story contains minor spoilers about Cinderskella so I’d read the books in order. Scarlet befriends Cindy (Cinderskella) in the story. I love Scarlet’s “parents’ ” names – Drac and Mort: Dracula and Morticia. The language in the book is kid appropriate. Obviously the book is about monsters and some of the things they do, but there is nothing graphic or unpleasant in the story. It’s a really nice story about trying to fit in. I hope that there are more books in this series!

I give this book 5 out of 5 bookworms!fivebooks

Want to learn more? Visit Amie Borst’s blog HERE! No, really visit her blog because they are having a blog scavenger hunt and you can win a copy of the book and CHOCOLATE! ๐Ÿ™‚


Categories: Age 9+

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27 replies

  1. My daughter would be all over these. I absolutely must get them for her! She loved the Poison Apple books. Thanks for sharing these. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I don’t really like scary, monster stories, but these look kind of cute.

  3. I’m sure kids would love this book even though it sounds dark. Not one for scary.

  4. These books look really fun! Taking a traditional story and adding a few twists here and there can give life to a well known tale.

  5. Thanks for the wonderful review, Erik!
    Don’t worry Patricia, the books are more funny than scary. Or…at least I hope so! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. You did a great job with this review. I love fractured fairy tales. There are two that come to mind that I used to read to my children when they were young. The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs and The Frog Prince Continued, both by Jon Scieszka. They are probably for the age 5-8 range, as the reader needs to be able to relate them to the real fairy tales.

  7. Reblogged this on BOOK CHAT and commented:
    Erik over at This Kids Reviews Books posted a fantastic review on the fractured fairy tale Little Dead Riding Hood by Amie and Bethanie Borst.

  8. Great review, Erik! Good to know boys will be interested too.

  9. This is one of those Why didn’t I think of that? book ideas. Way to go Amie! I hope you have some more similar WIPs up your sleeve.

    Erik, great time of year to bring these up. ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. This looks like a great series for our school library, Erik. I love the premise of the story.

    Now I’ve just got to see how we’re doing on space. ๐Ÿ˜€

  11. It’s nice to hear it’s a “scary” story without being scary ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Spooky but sounds fun. The covers are very eye catching. Spooktacular review, SuperKid!

  13. Felicia enjoyed the first book… we’ll have to look for this one. Thanks, Erik!


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